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Congressional Contrast? Dems Want Keys to Capitol

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi addresses the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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When House Speaker John Boehner spoke to Republicans in Tampa, he homed in on the economy and concentrated his rhetorical fire at President Obama. Absent from Boehner's speech was an overt plea for voters to put Congress in Republicans' hands.

Contrast that with the Democrats in Charlotte, who seem to be betting that the public is fatigued with the GOP-controlled House and are asking for Americans to put Congress back in their hands.

"Let me tell you something: House Democrats and President Obama will bet on America's middle class. We will protect that dream. That's the choice in this election," said Rep. Steve Israel, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi called emphatically for Americans to give the keys to the Capitol back to her party.

"The American dream is on the ballot. Ladders of opportunity for our middle class are on the ballot. ... Vote for strong Democratic majorities in the House and Senate," Pelosi said, according to prepared remarks.

If Pelosi took a positive tack, Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer went on the attack.

"Not a single House Republican voted for the law that brought our economy back from the brink. That's why President Obama's jobs plan was not even put to a vote in the House. Instead of trying to fix the problem, the Republicans unfortunately played politics," Hoyer said, according to prepared remarks.

In Tampa, National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Pete Sessions made the GOP's pitch.

"The Republican message that won us the majority in 2010 - implementing free enterprise policies that create jobs, cutting spending and repealing Obamacare - will continue to allow us to grow our House Majority, to take back the Senate and make Mitt Romney the next President of the United States," he said.

Pelosi said Democrats could pick up 27 seats and a majority in the House during an event hosted by National Journal and The Atlantic on Wednesday. Twelve of those seats would come from districts now held by Republicans but won by John Kerry in 2004 and Obama in 2008. The other 15 will come in states held by the GOP but won by Obama in 2008.

Photo: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi addresses the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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